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Contents

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p. v

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Acknowledgments

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p. vii

This book was written during the past five years, although parts of it go back much earlier; my own thoughts on these topics have developed significantly over time. I have incurred a number of debts in completing this book. Zhang Shuguang, master historian...

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Note on Transliteration

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p. ix

This book uses pinyin romanization, a system that is applied to Chinese names of persons, places, and terms. However, some popular names have traditional Wade-Giles spellings appearing in parentheses, and traditional spellings are used for place names and personal...

List of Abbreviations

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p. xi

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Introduction

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pp. 1-14

The Truman administration was working on a new China policy when the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) took over mainland China in 1949. The policy was not shaped completely until North Korea attacked South Korea in 1950, when President Harry S. Truman...

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1. Congressional Influence on China Policy and the CCP’s Reaction, 1949–1951

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pp. 15-78

Despite the voluminous and diverse studies on U.S.-China relations between 1949 and 1951, Congress’s role in China policy during that time is rarely closely examined, and the CCP’s reactions to Congress’s China policy are seldom investigated at all.1 Historians...

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2. Congressional China Inquests and the McCarran Act, 1950–1952

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pp. 79-112

There were twenty-four investigations of Communism and subversion during the Eighty-first Congress (1949–51), and the number climbed to thirty-four in the Eighty-second Congress. The congressional hearings generated an enormous amount of scholarly...

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3. Congressional China Policy and the Issue of Taiwan, 1953–1963

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pp. 113-179

During the first Taiwan Strait crisis from September 1954 to April 1955 and the second Taiwan Strait crisis from August to October 1958, the United States was locked into dangerous confrontations with the PRC over a number of small islands just off the coast of mainland...

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4. Congress’s Role in U.S.-China Rapprochement, 1964–1972

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pp. 180-241

Despite the extensive literature on U.S-China rapprochement, less attention has been paid to the role Congress played in revising the containment-and-isolation policy toward China from 1964 to 1972.1 The conventional interpretation of Congress’s role in the making of...

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5. Congress’s Role in U.S.-China Relations, 1972–1979

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pp. 242-294

Notwithstanding a great body of literature on the U.S.-China rapprochement process of 1972 to 1979, few accounts discuss the congressional role in the process.1 The current interpretation of the role Congress played in the Sino-American normalization process in the...

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Conclusion

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pp. 295-302

Congress became interested in the China issue after the Second World War. A majority of Congress supported President Truman’s hands-off policy toward China, but the most forceful congressional opponents of this Asian policy urged greater American support...

Appendix

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pp. 303-308

Notes

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pp. 309-366

Bibliography

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pp. 367-401

Index

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pp. 403-409